Project Description

Joan Brown

One of the progenitors of San Francisco’s beat art movement, Joan Brown produced figurative paintings that cross the boundaries between mundane and abstract while centering on the vibrant colors, cultures and images of coastal California. A Bay Area native, she began painting in her early 20s, drawing inspiration from her personal relationships, ancient culture, and such artists as Goya and Rembrandt. Later in life, Brown became interested in Eastern spirituality and made frequent trips to India, where she died in 1990.

Image caption: Joan Brown, People and Eye Trees in the Park in Madrid, 1961, oil on canvas, The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art, © 8-3-2018 Noel Neri